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Watchdog says Filipino gangs seized 10 fishermen off Borneo

Jun. 18, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Filipino kidnap-for-ransom gangs raided two fishing boats and abducted 10 crew members Tuesday in waters off Borneo island, a Malaysian official and a maritime watchdog said. The kidnapping, which came after a 6-month lull of such activities, renewed concerns about security...

Dutch hostage held by Filipino militants killed in gunbattle

May. 31, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A long-held Dutch hostage was fatally shot by his militant captors Friday when he tried to escape during a gunbattle in the jungles of the southern Philippines, military officials said. Ewold Horn was killed when he made a dash to freedom during a fierce firefight between the Abu...

Afghan leader holds council to set agenda for Taliban talks

Apr. 29, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase...